ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL
Understanding the East and the West series
This is a series of books trying to explain some of the main civilisations to each other. The four main civilisations covered are described in the book 'China, Japan, Europe and the Anglo-sphere: A Comparative Analysis'(2018). English civilisation is explained in two books: 'The peculiarity of the English; A personal view' (2019) and 'Understanding the English; A personal A-Z' (2019).
Works on Cambridge Series
Cambridge University is one of the oldest, most beautiful and most distinguished universities in the world. It is associated with many of the world's greatest scientists, poets, historians, economists, social scientists and philosophers, as well as famous students such as Xu Zhimo, from around the world.
Alan Macfarlane has taught in the University for almost fifty years and is a Life Fellow of King's College. Drawing on this experience, and applying the methods of history and anthropology, he has written a number of books, from a longer overview, to short illustrated guides (with detailed maps) about the University and King's College. They take the reader inside this extraordinary institution and are enriched by links to many films on the internet.
The Invention of the Modern World
This is a book which synthesizes a lifetime of reflection on the origins of the modern world. Through forty years of travel in Europe, Australia, India, Nepal, Japan and China, Alan Macfarlane has observed the similarities and differences of cultures. It is also based on a wide reading of contemporary and classical works in history, anthropology and philosophy. Among the topics covered are the following: war, trade and empire; modern technology, the origins of capitalism; caste and class; kinship, friendship and population; civil society; power and bureaucracy; education, language and art. It ends by explaining how the English deviated from the normal path of civilizations and by accident created many of the basic features of our modern world. It is based on the Wang Gouwei lectures at Tsinghua University given in 2011.
Exploring the Anxiety of being Japanese
The nature of Nihonjinron lies in its attempt toexplain who the Japanese are and thereby remove the anxiety associated with the identity of the modern Japanese. The existene of this anxiety stems from the fact that in modern times Japan occupies a peculiar historical position, namely, it was not a society that belonged to the Western history that produced "the modern age". Since Japan being an outsider in the so called "Western" modern era is a historical given that cannot be changed retroactively, the anxiety arises again and again. When the "anxiety" rises, Nihonjinron is written, making interpretations in line with the features of that anxiety. However, as this anxiert over idntity is ingrained and unsurpassable, a new form of "anxiety" always emerges and every time this happens a new work of Nihonjinron becomes a bestseller. Yet, by no means does this "anxiety" only increase in the event of crises involving "Japan"; it arises equally when the future of the country looks favourable, as its people do not feel certain about its success. Thus, the anxiety and the Nihonjinron as a response to it appear both when the country's power strengthens and when it fades.
The Dark Side of the Soul: An Insider's Guide to the Web of Sin (Chinese edition)
Stephen Cherry with cover by Yu Rong
In The Dark Side of the Soul, the author explains and illustrates the 'Seven Deadly Sins' with contemporary examples. In clear and accessible language, he shows that the traditional Christian concept of sin is a vital tool in understanding what is wrong with human beings. Far from leading people into a guilt-trap, 'sin' is a healthy and truthful word that can help to set us free.
Human beings are neither intrinsically evil nor congenitally inclined to virtue, but many of the problems and predicaments that trouble us today can be better understood, and more effectively resolved, if their deeper roots are taken into account. In this fresh interpretation, the author shows that, for example, our economic problems, and our fixation on financial criteria in decision-making, can be understood through the twin lenses of avarice and lust. Our obsessive busyness is a manifestation of sloth; and our desire to control, and our perfectionism, are outworking's of spiritual pride.
Crucially, although sin is an important and necessary word for people to understand and come to terms with, it is never, in the Christian worldview, the last word.
Beyond Busyness: Time Wisdom in an Hour
A practical and effective step towards connecting up the limitations of time with the demands and realities of ministry. It helps ministers to take positive steps in developing a time wisdom which will help them navigate the very considerable pressures that many currently face. The book consists of 28 sessions which are designed to assist ministers to gain a better understanding of how to embrace and navigate the characteristics and challenges of time through reflecting on their current ways and encouraging new habits. All in all giving a new path through which ones ministry can prosper.
Paris and the Nineteenth Century
Paris has long been the archetypal literary city. This identification reached its peak in the nineteenth century when Paris could reasonably fulfill Walter Benjamin′s claimn for it: that it was the ′capital of the nineteenth century′. In this expansive and entertaining book Christopher Prendergast explores the way writers and others have identified with Paris and been identified with it. He moves between social and cultural history, literature, painting and photography and presents an exemplary series of readings (of Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire, Michelet, Flaubert, Zola, Valles, Laforgue). Throughout Paris is both the city represented and the very problem of representation.